Online Calculus Course

Learn Calculus Online
Offered during Summer Only

Calculus I (MATH 226 - 4 semester credit course)

This online college calculus course combines the best proven methods in a traditional class together with an online environment that connects students located at remote locations. Students have access to 25 full video lectures, lecture notes. They are part of a live active social forum in which they discuss homework problems. The forum available around the clock is moderated by teaching staff.

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International Distance Education

This online calculus course is open to students from around the world who are ready to take the class. Usually the readiness is measured by a free Calculus I self readiness test. Students from international universities are welcome to enroll, as well as students from the Bay Area or anywhere in the USA. SF State matriculated students need also to satisfy the SF State MATH 226 prerequisistes.

Transfer Credit

Shortly after the completion of the course, upon student request, SF State issues an official transcript stating the student course grade in the MATH 226 - Calculus I (4 units) course. (Each unit is equivalent to 15 contact hours.) The course is eight weeks in length in the summer and 15 weeks in length in other terms. More than a thousand students have taken the course and no problems have been reported with transferring credits to other institutions.

However, the decision about the transferability of credit is always up to the home institution of the student, not SF State. If in doubt, the student should contact his/her home school and ask if the course, with a standard syllabus from SF State, can be transferred.

Accredited University

San Francisco State University is fully accredited and part of the California State system—the largest education system in the USA. Further, San Francisco State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).

Is this Online Calculus Course for You?

Online calculus is open to all and particularly popular among students preparing for graduate schools: MBA and medical schools, pharmacy, biology.

Online calculus may not be for everybody. Past students who succeeded in this course tend to be independent, self-motivated, able to adhere to a regular schedule, and comfortable with algebra. Post baccalaureate students and high school students passionate about math also tend to do well. The online calculus course is not easier than a regular class, but it is in many cases more convenient and more interactive than a traditional physical classroom setup.

Online Calculus: What You Will Learn

The central object of the study in calculus is the concept of a function. Functions are used to describe the real world around us. Calculus introduces two fundamental concepts which enable us to describe and investigate functions. These are the derivative and the integral. The derivative describes the behavior of a function at a particular time. The integral carries information about the history of a function. See the MATH 226: Calculus I syllabus for details.


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Learn more about this online calculus course on the SF State calculus website.